crime · Detective · mystery · paranormal · suspense

Wychwood – George Mann ★★★★★

Blurb; Elspeth May, a young female journalist who never seems to be in the right place at the right time, suddenly gets her big break only to find that no one will ever believe her story.

When a local woman is found murdered in her own home, slashed viciously across the throat, the police begin a manhunt of the surrounding villages, unsure exactly of who or what they are looking for. Elspeth, accidentally first on the scene, finds her interest piqued, and sets out to investigate the details surrounding the crime. In doing so she finds herself constantly battling against Peter Shaw, a police sergeant working on the case and under suspicion due to a terrible incident that occurred during a previous investigation. More murders follow, each of them adopting a similar pattern.

What links the victims? And why are some of the local people trying to cover things up?”

My Review; Elspeth is returning to her mothers home and as soon as she arrives something is not right, police and emergency services are blocking off her mothers road and this is just where it begins. You’re drawn in from the first page and then you’ve got to buckle up for a roller coaster of a ride ahead.

I actually devoured this book in a day. I picked this one up from my library (before lockdown) purely for the cover, isn’t it gorgeous but simple? Anyway…

The reporter routes within Elspeth has to go take a look at the crime scene behind her house and while there she bumps into an old friend Peter now a detective and doesn’t expect to see what she has just seen and is told to leave. Again… This is just the beginning. Elspeth soon finds herself dragged along with this case beside Peter and she even conducts her own research into what she saw.

Research leads to an old myth/legend that seems to be coming true within the town and with more deaths due they need to catch the killer quick. Elspeth shocks me with how right she gets her research, she’s clever, bold and brave. She knows what’s she doing. It all finishes with a heartbreaking ending, but I was hooked from start to finish and cannot wait to see what happens in book two for Elspeth and Peter. A well deserved five stars from me. Brilliant, page turner of a read I couldn’t put down. Highly recommend.

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fantasy · Ghost story · paranormal · suspense · Young adult

City Of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab ★★★★★

Blurb; Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

My Review; THIS WAS BRILLIANT! I bought it ages ago as the cover is gorgeous and caught my eye. I’m surprised at how much I loved it and enjoyed it. I can honestly say I’ve not read anything similar to this before. It’s was an easy read for me and I devoured it in a day but I just loved it. It’s a unique story.

I love Cassidy’s character the fact she has a ghost as her bestfriend and can see ghosts (the inbetween). She thinks she’s the only one who can do what she does but then she meets Lara and she is just what she needs. She understands Cassidy and is the same as her.

Things turn tense when Cassidy gets her life stolen off her by an evil ghost then it’s a race against time to get her life back and she has consequences to face afterwards. Lara teaches her about what she can see and do… Her purpose.

I’m currently reading book two (tunnel of bones) and it’s just as good. Highly recommend. A light read, but a brilliant one. Five stars from me.

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paranormal · suspense · thriller

The Broken Girls – Simone St James ★★★★

Blurb; Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

My Review; Fiona is a journalist trying to figure out the death of her sister Deb in the past. She was found deceased on Idlewall Halls Field. Fiona turns to investigation mode and dives into the haunting past of the school and the pupils who attended, but what she uncovers is more than she ever expected. As Fiona continues investigating her personal relationships start to feel the strain. Fiona is one determined character who won’t give up until she has answers.

The story flicks from the past in the 1950s of Idlewild Hall and to the present with Fiona, this is clearly stated at the start of each chapter so there is no confusion. The story focuses on idlewood Hall which in the past was a fully functioning girls boarding school. However, now it is abandoned with the intent to be reopened and revived by an out of town buyer…

There’s a story behind how each of the girls came to be attending Idlewood Hall and some are utterly heartbreaking. Each girl has their own battles and past, alongside having an unpleasant, haunting stay and experience at Idlewild Hall.

There’s plenty of rumours and gossip about Idlewood Hall being haunted and bodies being buried on the site… But what is the real story? A brilliant read, one I enjoyed. A real mystery, gripping and haunting story that sucks you in.

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